Aside from being a girly girl (refer to my Fun Friday 2 Post) I’m also a bit of a geek. I love comic books, heroes, villains, all of it! I’ve recently been on a TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle) bender. For Christmas my Mom and brothers went together and bought me the full series of the class TV Show. I’m pretty sure I was more excited to get that than even my niece and nephew were about their gifts.
After watching the interviews within the bonus features and hearing the voice actors talk about the show and how it impacted it’s viewers I started to think about the lessons these turtles have taught us, along with many other cartoon characters/heroes.
So, I thought today would be a great day to start a Life Lessons ‘class’ based on cartoon characters and continue this series each Sunday, (at least until it bores me, or I run out of cartoon characters I like) and which better to start with than the leader of the TMNT, Leonardo.
Funny thing about anger, let it consume you and soon enough, you lose sight of everything. – Leonardo
Though I always found Leonardo to be the buzz kill of the group there are still some personal traits of his that I admire, (and wish I possessed) these days.
Leader – When Splinter isn’t around, Leo is the unofficial leader of the group. He can organize and reign in the turtles like no other, and that includes his bad-boy brother Raphael.
He is quick to decide the best course of action, and decisive enough to carry them out with little confusion. He is also the first to take responsibility for his own actions as well as his group.
Balanced – Though Leo may try to be the best at everything this is the main reason why he is such an all-around balanced person – err turtle. He’s intelligent, able to make elaborate plans, he loves to read and has a great memory. On the other hand he exercises regularly, honing his skills and although he chooses the sword for his preferred weapon he works hard to stay skilled in all weapons.
Selfless – Of all the turtles Leo is the one most likely to sacrifice himself in order to save another. He is fiercely protective of his family and is willing to do (almost) anything to protect them.
Perfectionist – No matter what Leo is doing: meditating, fighting, or making a pizza he likes it done right. This is an admirable quality for anyone to have but unfortunately in some cases this can cause you to miss out on the big picture, or on life in general. When we spend too much time nit picking every choice and decision we may miss out on something great.
Leonardo constantly tries to be the best anything and everything he can be, in an attempt to live up to his mentor, Splinter. This strive for perfection causes him a lot of shame when he comes up short.
I think the main lesson from Leonardo is to achieve balance in your life.
It’s important to be disciplined, learn and grow but is also just as important to take time for ourselves and others. Strive to be perfect but as Splinter once said, “it is honourable to strive for perfection, but alright to occasionally fail to reach that goal.”